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August 31, 2010

4 Israelis shot dead by terrorists in West Bank

By YAAKOV KATZ AND YAAKOV LAPPIN
31/08/2010
Barak: "Israel will exact a price from the murderers"; victims, from Beit Hagai, shot while driving, include 2 men, 2 women, one reportedly pregnant.

In response to Tuesday night's shooting attack which killed four Israelis near Kiryat Arba, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, “This is very grave incident. The IDF and Israeli security forces will do everything they can to capture the murderers. Israel will not allow terrorists to lift their heads and will exact a price from the murderers and those who sent them."

The four victims, described by a settler spokesman as a couple who had been in a vehicle and two additional people who were hitching a ride, were driving on Route 60 near the entrance of Kiryat Arba when their vehicle came under fire.

Barak Makes Nice With The Enemy

Barak meets Abbas in Amman on eve of peace talks in US
By JPOST.COM STAFF
31/08/2010
Defense minister, PA president discuss easing security conditions in West Bank as confidence building measure.

On the eve of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's departure for Washington to relaunch peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Defense Minister Ehud Barak secretly met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman on Monday night after having met Jordanian King Abdullah at his palace on Sunday.

After his meeting with King Abdullah, Barak returned to Israel to update the prime minister on their conversation before returning to Amman to meet Abbas.

Barak and Abbas discussed the further easing of security conditions for Palestinians in the West Bank as a confidence building measure as peace talks are renewed.

Where are the confidence building measures from the Palestinians?

I find it appalling that the Defense Minister can risk Jewish lives to show weakness to our enemy.

Let us not forget the poll I posted last week, which should remind us the correct term for the Palestinians is enemy.

August 30, 2010

Yoni Supports Rav Ovadia

US: Rabbi Yosef remarks deeply offensive

State Department slams Shas spiritual leader's comments that PA President Mahmoud Abbas, 'all evil Palestinian' should 'perish from world'. 'Incitement such as this hurts cause of peace,' Spokesman Philip Crowley says
AFP

The US State Department Sunday condemned as "deeply offensive" remarks by an influential Israeli rabbi who said he hoped Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas would "perish from our world."

"We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement.

"These remarks are not only deeply offensive, but incitement such as this hurts the cause of peace."

Ovadia, who heads the Shas religious party in Israel's ruling coalition, expressed hope in his weekly sermon Saturday that "all the evil people who hate Israel, like Abu Mazen (Abbas), perish from our world."

"May God strike them down with the plague along with all the evil Palestinians who persecute Israel," he said.

Crowley said the remarks did not reflect the view of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is due in Washington this week for direct peace talks with Abbas.

The talks will be the first face-to-face discussions since December 2008, when the Palestinians broke off negotiations over a deadly Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip.

What I find deeply offensive is some State department hack that sleeps in Chevy Chase, wants to interfere with
the survival of my family and the State of Israel.

I also find it deeply offensive that the Prime Minister of Israel can go and sit with the people that want to destroy Israel.

I also find it deeply offensive that the leaders of the Jewish State have more faith in Washington D.C. than they have in G-D. Dump D.C. and turn to G-D.

May G-D strike down all our enemies in Judea and Samaria, along with Washington D.C. and Jerusalem, we pray this in the Amidah. May G-D remove the evil governments that are over us.

August 29, 2010

What Our Enemy Thinks


The results of the latest poll of Palestinians before the upcoming
Washington photo op appear to indicate that President Obama's take on
Palestinian attitudes towards peace and their ideas about final status
conditions is, to put it mildly, off base.

Here are some choice results:

With regards to rebuilding confidence in the peace process please indicate
which of the following options you consider to be 'Essential', 'Desirable',
'Acceptable', 'Tolerable' or 'Unacceptable'.

Resist occupation through violence to achieve a state
Essential 36.7 Desirable 18.7 Acceptable 16.8
Tolerable 14.0 Unacceptable 13.7

With regards to the final status of Palestine and Israel please indicate
which of the following you consider to be Essential, Desirable, Acceptable,
Tolerable or Unacceptable as part of a peace agreement.

Historic Palestine - from the Jordan River to the sea as a national homeland
for Palestinians
Essential 78.2 Desirable 12.5 Acceptable 4.3
Tolerable 3.1 Unacceptable 2.0

With regards to refugees please indicate which of the following options you
consider to be Essential, Desirable, Acceptable, Tolerable or Unacceptable
as part of a peace agreement.

The number of refugees returning to Israel should be limited to family
members and numbers agreed between Israel and Palestine
Essential 3.7 Desirable 7.8 Acceptable 11.9
Tolerable 16.9 Unacceptable 59.6

With regards to the issue of security please indicate which of the following
options you consider to be Essential, Desirable, Acceptable, Tolerable or
Unacceptable as part of a peace agreement.

Palestine should be demilitarized, including the disbanding of militias and
the standing down of the military.
Essential 7.8 Desirable 5.5 Acceptable 4.0
Tolerable 7.6 Unacceptable 75.0

With regards to Jerusalem please indicate which of the following options you
consider to be Essential, Desirable, Acceptable, Tolerable or Unacceptable
as part of a peace agreement.

All of Jerusalem (East and West) should remain in Palestine
Essential 84.1 Desirable 10.3 Acceptable 2.2
Tolerable 1.6 Unacceptable 1.7

Do you believe that Palestinians and Israelis will coexist if Palestinians
gain their own independent state?
Yes 16.7 Maybe 37.7 No 42.3 Don't know 3.2]
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Results of an Opinion Poll
Publication Date: 28 August 2010
Field work: 8-14 August 2010
Sample Size: 3,001 Palestinians in the West Bank & Gaza
Margin of error: +/-1.5 %
Arab World for Research & Development
Ramallah - Gaza, Palestine
Tele-fax: 00970-2-2950957/8
E-mail: awrad@awrad.org
Website: www.awrad.org
www.awrad.org/pdfs/English%20tables%20part%201%20peace%20August%20201 0.pdf

August 27, 2010

MERF APPEARANCE

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

August 26, 2010

Criminals Occupy IDF Prosecutors Office

Soldiers posing with manacled Palestinians to be tried
By YAAKOV KATZ
26/08/2010
Attorney: Fighters being used as scapegoats for Goldstone and Turkish flotilla.

Are IDF soldiers who took pictures with a handcuffed Palestinian paying the price for Israel’s failure to properly deal with the Goldstone Report and the Turkish flotilla? The answer is yes according to Shlomo Tzipori, attorney for a soldier from the Kfir Brigade’s Netzah Yehuda battalion who, together with two other soldiers, has been arrested for allegedly taking a picture next to a Palestinian they arrested earlier this year.

On Thursday, the IDF Prosecutor’s Office informed the Military Court in Jaffa that it planned to file charges against the soldiers for posing for pictures with a Palestinian they arrested during an operation in the Jenin area in January. The three soldiers, according to Tzipori, took the pictures since they were excited about succeeding – on their first raid in Jenin – in capturing the wanted man.

“It is not right to take pictures next to a Palestinian with handcuffs, but these soldiers do not need to be hung out to dry,” Tzipori said.

The attorney’s comments were made in response to an earlier court hearing where the IDF prosecutor claimed that the incident needed to be examined in light of the “moral siege” Israel was under following Operation Cast Lead last year and the results of the Navy’s raid in May on the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship.

The IDF prosecutor said at the hearing that the “importance of the case and the arrest is in the context which we live in. After the Goldstone report and the [Mavi] Marmara, in a period when we as a military and a state are under a so-called moral siege, we as a military are being examined under a magnifying glass. The severity of the actions is beyond the specific incident.”

The pictures taken by the soldiers came out just days after pictures of a former female soldier Eden Abergil were found on Facebook showing her posing with bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainees. The two cases are not connected and the IDF cannot press charges against Abergil since she is no longer in IDF service.

Tzipori said that at Thursday’s hearing, the IDF prosecutor presented the written testimony of the Palestinian arrested eight months ago by the soldiers. The Palestinian claimed that he was not hurt or threatened by the soldiers and that what did hurt him was being arrested in front of his family and friends.

“These soldiers are paying the price for the Goldstone Report and the Mavi Marmara,” Tzipori said. “By indicting the soldiers and handcuffing them, the IDF is the one causing the real damage here.”

The two biggest dangrs facing Israel today are Bibi and the IDF prosecutors office.

Bibi as outlined in the article below is not smart enough just to say no to talks with the Arabs.

But the conduct of the IDF prosecutors office is CRIMINAL !

We send our boys to protect us, while the liberal elite send their boys to prosecute our boys.

Look at soldiers from the time cameras were invented, they take pictures of their world. Which at times can have dead people in the picture or handcuffed TERRORIST.

The Palestinians in the pictures are not cuffed and blind folded, so we can give them a prize for being model citizens

They are terrorist scum that want to murder Jews. If the IDF chair warming self hating Jews, liberal scum that occupies the prosecutors office does not change their evil ways, Jews will die.

But maybe they don't care about dead Jews, they only care about being as we say in Israel beautiful souls.

My soul hurts for the pain these self righteous lawyers are causing combat soldiers and for the Jews that will die because these lawyers are neutering the IDF.

PM wants face-to-face talks with Abbas every 2 weeks


By HERB KEINON
27/08/2010
Netanyahu says leaders need to agree on core issues, with teams left to fill in the details; Yitzhak Molcho to be the chief negotiator in the meetings between the teams.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will propose next week, at the launching of direct talks with the Palestinian Authority in Washington, that he and PA President Mahmoud Abbas meet every two weeks and come to agreement on the principal issues that will then be fleshed out by smaller negotiating teams.

Netanyahu, who convened a meeting of his top advisers Thursday night to prepare for next week’s talks, said that “serious negotiations in the Middle East [require] direct, discreet and continuous talks between the leaders on the key issues. That is why I am suggesting that the talks be conducted in this fashion.”

Nothing good for Israel will come out of the meetings next week in the USA and meeting Abbas every two weeks will also result in weakness on the part of Israel.

But Bibi has stabbed Israel in the back the first time he was PM, get ready for the second knife to be plunged into our back.

When will Israel produce a wise, strong leader?

Please show me one time in our history where talking with the Arabs resulted in something good for Israel.

You want to use Camp David Accords with Egypt, you would be wrong. Today Egypt has state of the art fighter jets and tanks because of Camp David.

If Camp David would not have happened would we have fought an other war with Egypt?

I don't think so,why because the world changed the cold war ended, so Egypt would not be a client of the U.S.S.R., as a result today Egypt would have old Soviet equipment and who wants to fight in old planes and tanks.

Fighting in old technology is just an other name for suicide.

Israeli leaders talking with Arabs, is just an other name for suicide.

August 25, 2010

Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon meets with 14 Israeli police officers who are
leaving for Haiti to become the first ever contingent of Israelis to be in
active duty as part of United Nations forces

Today, (Wednesday, 25rd August), Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met
with 14 Israeli police officers who are about to leave to join a
multinational policing force under the command of UN forces stationed in
Haiti. The delegation will become the first Israeli contingent to serve in
active duty under the command of the United Nations.

The Deputy Foreign Minister congratulated the officers and told them that
they represent Israel. "You are Israel's true face. The value of human life
is important to all of us and you represent Israel and the Jewish spirit of
Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) to the international community," Ayalon
told the officers. "This was already proven when Israel was amongst the
first to land in Haiti immediately after the earthquake and save so many
lives, you continue this tradition."

"Your goal is to save human lives and help with law and order in Haiti. This
will further our standing in the world, which is especially important
against those who campaign to delegitimize us. This mission will demonstrate
to friends and foes alike that Israel is always willing to contribute and
volunteer anywhere and at any time. It is important for people to see Israel
beyond the conflict and to see that this is the real Israel. We are not only
strong materially, but also strong in spirit."

"What you are doing is part of our foreign policy of cooperation in the
international agenda as a full member of the United Nations," Ayalon said.

Deputy Police Chief Ilan Franco said that it was Israel's honor to restore
public order in Haiti. "On Monday the contingent will leave for Haiti for a
number of months. This mission was coordinated between the Ministry of
International Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Police.
I am proud to say that this delegation is made up of our best forces."

Representatives of the United Nations recognized Israel's contribution and
congratulated the officers on their bravery and commitment.

Examples of this are the fact that two police officers have delayed their
wedding to take part in this mission and one officer's wife is in the latter
stages of pregnancy. Officer Golan De-Leon said, "Even though this will be
my first child, I am personally committed to this mission and have the full
support of my wife."

August 24, 2010

Predicting the Future: Chemical Warfare

IDF 23 August 2010 , 10:19
http://dover.idf.il/IDF/English/News/today/10/08/2301.htm

The Combat Engineering Corps' ABCW Center is the sole authority that deals
with the issue of Non-Conventional Warfare in the Ground Forces. Archive
Photo: IDF Spokesperson

Head of the Center for Atomic, Biological and Chemical Warfare anticipates
the IDF's current emphasis on ABCW preparedness will continue to grow.

Col. Ari Hoze, Head of the Center for Atomic, Biological and Chemical
Warfare (ABCW), anticipates that the IDF's current emphasis on ABCW
preparedness will continue to grow. This year, the soldiers of the ABCW Unit
who serve under Col. Hoze were designated in advance to be enlisted in the
unit, and the length of their specialized training has been extended from 5
to 8 months. "The idea is that the battalion will be part of a training
force, with constant cooperation between them," he says.

As commander of the ABCW establishment which operates as part of the Combat
Engineering Corps, Col. Ari Hoze expects that the ABCW Unit will one day
soon become a battalion like any other. The Combat Engineering Corps' ABCW
Center is the sole authority that deals with the issue of Non-Conventional
Warfare in the Ground Forces, and is trained to deal with matters of combat
and safety in the case of a Non-Conventional Attack. The Center is
responsible for all preparation regarding this issue. Simultaneously, it
operates a designated unit dedicated to coping in cases of chemical and
biological attacks on combat forces.

"Starting this year, the soldiers of the ABCW unit were enlisted separately
from the rest of the Combat Engineering Corps. They knew from the beginning
of the enlistment process where they would be placed, familiarized
themselves with the Center, and were aware of its importance," Col. Hoze
notes. "As such, we are in the process of extending the training course from
five to eight months, and are increasing the intensity of the Battalion's
training courses, so that it will be identical to every other battalion
course."

Enabling Continued Defense Eforts While Facing a Non-Conventional Attack

Just like any other battalion, the ABCW Battalion is currently partaking in
standard operational activities in the Judea and Samaria Region. Only in
cases of emergency will the Battalion be involved with combat and protection
operations dealing with these dangerous materials.

"The idea is that the Battalion will be part of a training force, with
constant cooperation between them. The Battalion will enable other forces
to continue their combat operations despite an ongoing ABC attack. It will
evacuate, decontaminate, and protect the forces. The Battalion knows how to
detect and identify chemical warfare materials, and will help soldiers to
decontaminate and return to the field. We are also strengthening the
professional identity of the Battalion soldiers so that they will understand
the need and the importance of their work."

As mentioned, the Center for Atomic, Biological and Chemical Warfare is also
responsible for the training of various other combat units. The Center
includes an entire field of specialty dealing with theory and research,
which continues to study the field, updating combat doctrine in accordance
with the innovations and developments in the field. The Atomic, Biological
and Chemical Warfare instructors teach the soldiers how to protect
themselves during a chemical attack, and operate the famous ABCW tent.

"The conventional fighter knows how to cope at a basic level during a
Non-Conventional attack; he knows how to identify an attack and how to
protect himself. Our job is to teach the soldiers how to continue to fight
during an ABC attack. We teach them how to survive the attack, decontaminate
themselves and complete their mission."

"The threat has changed in a way that demands a response"

Col. Hoze is discovering, however, that there is a wide gap between the
ideal situation and reality of the situation, primarily due to the
misconception that the Non-Conventional threat is not of particular
relevance.

"The combat soldiers are used to normative warfare, but they must know how
to protect themselves and operate during a chemical attack. We know that our
neighboring states have the means, and thus the threat has changed in a way
that demands a response."

Nevertheless, Col Hoze is optimistic, and estimates that "in the year 2011,
this gap will disappear. Today there is an extensive system of inspections
in which routine visits to all units are made once a year to ensure soldiers
know how to deal with a Non-Conventional attack. It has even reached the
extent that we are holding competitions between units, each of which want to
get ABCW training experience in the field and not be the last to do so. In
addition, we are increasing cooperation with Platoon Commander courses,
Battalion Commander courses, with Integrated Combat training drills, and
during other various exercise drills."

Furthermore, in the near future it is expected that vehicles for ABCW
decontamination and detection purposes will be introduced to the Battalion,
specially customized to fit the needs of the Battalion soldiers.
Additionally, a new system will enable soldiers to identify whether a fallen
missile contains chemical warfare materials from a long distance.

"The moment a single chemical missile lands, the soldier will be certain
that the other missiles are also of chemical sort, and this psychologically
affects him. As soon as soldiers learn how to identify the presence of
chemical material in the area, it will make it both physically and mentally
easier on the forces."

August 23, 2010

Police recommend Olmert indictment


By YAAKOV LAPPIN
23/08/2010
Former PM, several others likely to be charged in Holyland affair.

Police announced on Monday the conclusion of the Holyland real estate bribery investigation, and have recommended that Tel Aviv state prosecutors indict former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for receiving bribes to promote the property development in Jerusalem's Malcha neighborhood.

Police suspect that during his term as Jerusalem mayor between 1993 and 2003, and later as minister of trade, industry and labor between 2003 and 2006, Olmert received over a million shekels in bribes from businessmen backing the Holyland development in exchange for which, police suspect, he worked to ensure that an enlarged construction plan for the site received approval and backing.

Good News On New Chief Of Staff

Strong message to Iran

Op-ed: Appointment of offensive-minded Galant as army chief sends clear Israeli message
Ron Ben-Yishai

Major-General Yoav Galant’s most prominent characteristic as a military man is his tendency to choose offense over other combat approaches. This was true on the tactical level, when Galant commanded the Flotilla 13 Navy commando unit, and it was also manifested through his strategic approach to resolving problems stemming from Hamas’ rule in Gaza.

Had it been up to him, Operation Cast Lead would have been launched a year to a year and a half earlier. He wouldn’t have waited until December 2009.

Galant also attempted to convince Defense Minister Barak, Chief of Staff Ashkenazi, and his colleagues at General Staff Headquarters to implement an operational plan that was much broader and more ambitious than the one carried out in Operation Cast Lead. His plan was supposed to not only put an end to the rocket barrages directed at southern Israel, but also to terminate Hamas’ rule in Gaza.

Yet Galant’s proposals were rejected, by the defense minister among others, and the plan that was used in the operation was relatively “thin” and limited in scope.

Barak took notice of Galant precisely because of the latter’s offensive approach. The defense minister’s decision to recommend that the government appoint the quiet, introverted general as the 20th chief of staff in IDF history conveys a clear, sharp message: The State of Israel does not intend to remain idle and wait to be attacked by rockets, missiles, and possibly unconventional weapons.

Should one of these strategic threats be realized, or be close to realization, the IDF will be utilized in an offensive, decisive manner and in full force in order to thwart or minimize the threat. This message is aimed not only for the IDF and for Israel’s citizens, but also for states such as Syria and Iran, for Hezbollah, and for the US Administration and European states as well.


Ashkenazi’s antithesis

The above approach is also accepted by the Ashkenazi-led current General Staff headquarters. The difference between Ashkenazi and Galant has to do with the decision-making process, and mostly with the willingness to take risks. Because of these differences, which culminated in bitter disputes between the two, Ashkenazi and Galant became rivals.

Galant is almost the antithesis of the cautious approach that characterizes Ashkenazi and made the current army chief so popular not only among the Israeli public, but in Washington as well. Barak, who often repeats the mantra “all options are on the table” in the Iranian context, making pilgrimages to see Ashkenazi in the hopes of finding a listening ear for the pleas to put off an Iran strike. We can assume this phenomenon will not repeat itself with Galant at the helm.

As to Galant’s skill as a military man, it appears nobody disputes the fact that he’s a suitable, fitting army chief appointment. Indeed, he only led one regional command and did not serve as deputy chief of staff, yet he has been credited with dozens of successful operations, which he led at various levels – including the successfully management of the Gaza war in his role as Southern Command chief.

Galant the person is a level-headed, restrained, and stubborn man. He is the strong, silent type of natural leader. His relatively old age, 52, also adds to his sense of authority. He is very rarely heard raising his voice or laughing out loud. However, those who don’t like him include many people who claim that he uses his authority to sow fear among objectors, that he’s arrogant, and that he comes up with creative ways to handle and neutralize his rivals.

In short, Galant – just like Ashkenazi – will be the kind of army chief that even major-generals would be scared to disagree with, not to mention disobey.

August 22, 2010

Mahmoud Abbas Full Israeli withdrawal, release all prisoners


Sunday, August 22, 2010


Erekat delivers messages from the President to Quartet
Date: 08/22/2010 Time: 12:47
Google translation
www1.wafa.ps/arabic/index.php?action=detail&id=83903
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Ramallah 22/08/2010 Dr. Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator of the PLO, delivered
a message from President Mahmoud Abbas to President Barack Obama and Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev, and Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban
Ki-moon, High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security the European
Union.

The messages are delivered in his meetings separately with U.S. Consul
General Daniel RUBENSTEIN, and the representative of Russia's National
Authority, Robert Serry, the representative of the Secretary General of the
United Nations, the European Union representative to the PNA.

The President stressed in his letters to be bound by what is set by the
Security Council resolutions and the General Assembly related to the
Roadmap, the Arab Peace Initiative and the principles of the Madrid
Conference and the agenda of the direct talks, including Jerusalem, borders,
settlements, refugees, security, water and the release of detainees within a
time limit not exceeding 12 months.
...Quartet's positions calling for the Israeli government to halt all
settlement activity, and including natural growth, house demolitions,
displacement of populations and the imposition of facts on the ground,
especially in and around East Jerusalem.

He stressed that the ...the option of peace and settlement is not an option,
and that in the case of the continued settlement activity, they have decided
to suspend the negotiations, which could not be sustained if it continues
settlement.

And Mr. President, that the shortest way to peace is ending the Israeli
occupation of all territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem
and the occupied Syrian Arab Golan and the remaining Lebanese territories,
and the establishment of independent State of Palestine with its capital
East Jerusalem to live in peace and security with Israel on the border of
the fourth of June 1967, and solve final status issues, especially the
refugee issue based on international legitimacy resolutions related to, and
release all the prisoners and bodies of the martyrs as an entry point to end
the conflict and achieve comprehensive and just peace and lasting peace in
the region.

Barak chooses Yoav Galant as next IDF chief of staff


By JPOST.COM STAFF
22/08/2010
Gov't to authorize appointment next week; defense minister withholds IDF officer promotions; report: Ashkenazi is friends with top "Galant Document" suspect.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has chosen OC Southern Command Gen. Yoav Galant as the next IDF chief of staff, according to an official statement released Sunday.

Before announcing his recommendation, Barak discussed the choice with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.


Netanyahu praised Barak and Galant, saying: "This is the correct choice, that will return stability to the army."

The defense minister finished interviewing the candidates for the job - Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi, and the IDF's attaché in Washington DC Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni - a few days ago. Barak requested that all of them remain in the IDF.

"Galant is an experienced officer with varied operational experience, leadership skills and the ability to lead the IDF in the challenges it and the State of Israel face," Barak said.

Galant's appointment is expected to be approved by the government next week.

August 20, 2010

MERF Appearance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

PMW Bulletin: Suicide bombing called heroic on PA town square memorial


Thursday, August 19, 2010


Bulletin
Aug. 18, 2010

PA town square memorial honors suicide terrorist and his attack as "heroic"
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=2816

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org

f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

On June 11, 2002, a Palestinian suicide terrorist walked into a restaurant
in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya, and detonated a bomb that killed
15-year-old Hadar Hershkovitz and injured 16 others.

The town square in the West Bank town of Madama where the terrorist lived
features a monument honoring "the heroic Martyrdom-Seeker" and his "heroic
Herzliya operation." The monument has pictures of the suicide terrorist and
of Yasser Arafat.

The text above the terrorist's picture is a verse from the Quran, urging
Muslims to fight the non-believers and promising that Allah will "lay them
low":

"Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands,
lay them low and give you victory over them,
and heal the hearts of a believing people." [Quran, 9,15]

Below his picture are the words:

"The heroic Shahada - Seeker (Martyrdom- Seeker, PA term of honor for
suicide terrorists) Omar Muhammad Ziyada (Abu Samed) who carried out
the heroic Herzliya operation
on June 11, 2002"

In December 2009 and again in March 2010, PMW reported on the naming of
another square after the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who killed 37 in a bus
hijacking in 1978. World condemnation was unequivocal:

US State Department Spokesperson Phillip Crowley:

"We also strongly condemn the glorification of terrorists. Honoring
terrorists who have murdered innocent civilians, either by official
statements or by the dedication of public places, hurts peace efforts and
must end. We will continue to hold Palestinian leaders accountable for
incitement." [April 8, 2010]

US Ambassador Alejandro D. Wolff, U.S. Deputy Representative to the UN, in
the Security Council:

"We strongly condemn the glorification of terrorists, either through
official statements or by the dedication of public places." [April 14, 2010]

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, commented on the naming of the square
after Mughrabi:

"... glorifies violence and renames a square after a terrorist who murdered
innocent Israelis, it insults the families on both sides who have lost loves
ones over the years in this conflict." [AIPAC Conference, March 22, 2010]

August 19, 2010

Israeli wins world's most prestigious math prize

Great honor for Israel: Hebrew University Professor Elon Lindenstrauss first Israeli to be awarded Fields Medal, world's most important math prize; 'It's a strange feeling, I'm not used to speaking to journalists,' winner tells Ynet
Yael Branovsky

Great honor for Israel: Professor Elon Lindenstrauss from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Einstein Institute of Mathematics has been awarded the prestigious Fields Medal for 2010.

"The feeling is a little odd, I'm not used to speaking to journalists. No doubt, speaking before the cameras is an interesting experience," Lindenstrauss told Ynet after his achievement was announced.

The medal, dubbed "mathematics' Nobel Prize," is the world's most important math prize. It is awarded once every four years to researchers aged 40 years or under.

Lindenstrauss will receive the prize along with three other mathematicians at the International Mathematical Union congress in India. The prize will be awarded by Indian President Pratibha Patil.

August 18, 2010

1.5 billion barrels of oil discovered near Rosh Ha'Ayin

Israeli public must wait until September to see if country is sitting on profitable oil reserve, but statement to TASE gives peek into extent of Megged reserve. Question remains: How much of it is recoverable?
Ynet writers

Could the State of Israel be sitting on an oil reserve that can provide energy, cash flow, and international political influence? This is the question that everyone is waiting to be answered in the engineering report ordered by Givot Olam Oil, overseeing the drilling at the Megged 5 site, next to Rosh Ha'Ayin.


The final report will be submitted on September 5. However, a preliminary report was already issued to Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on the oil reserves on the site. "The amount of oil in place in Rosh Ha'Ayin plot is estimated at 1.525 billion barrels of oil." In previous reports, the quantity was appraised at only a few hundred barrels of oil a day.


The total oil reserves in the world (as of 2006) is 1.3 trillion barrels, but most of this is concentrated in the territory of less than 15 countries. The oil reserves located in countries not considered powerhouses in the field totals about 133 billion barrels, making the estimated amount of oil in Megged 5 quite significant. In Qatar, for instance, the oil reserves are about 15 billion barrels.


Yet it is still too early to view the report as bearing real economic (or political) tidings. The 1.5 billion barrel figure refers to the oil in place, and not to the amount of recoverable oil in the reserve. The amount of oil that can be successfully extracted will be made known only in the final report submitted in September.


According to Givot Olam's reports from May 2009, the amount of recoverable oil in the reserve is likely 10-20%.


"This is a joyful and heart-warming discovery," said Chairman of Israel Institute of Petroleum & Energy Amir Makov said to Ynet on Tuesday. "However, this discovery does not indicate the extraction capability, and the company will have to perform additional tests and drillings until we know what this means both in terms of the company's commercial potential and in terms of the national potential."


Tani Goldstein and Avital Lahav contributed to this report

Israel's economy charges ahead; 4.7% growth in Q2

Israel's economic growth hits 4.7% in second quarter of 2010, leaving behind Euro bloc at 4.1%
Gad Lior

Surprising data: Contrary to earlier estimates by the Bank of Israel and government bodies, Israel's economic growth did not slow down in the second quarter of 2010, instead rising to an annualized 4.7% growth rate.

In the second quarter of 2010, Israel had the second fastest growing economy in the West, behind Germany, which saw an impressive 9% growth. But when compared to the entire Euro bloc, which includes Germany and recorded only 4.1% growth, Israel is number one in the West.


The US came in third with 2.4% growth, and while the rate of economic growth in Japan stood at a meager 0.4%.

In the first half of 2010, economic growth in Israel amounted to 4.1%. This comes after a decline from 4.3% in the last quarters of 2009 to 3.6% in the first quarter of the current year.

Data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday showed that many Israelis and labor unions, who have complained of cuts in wages and worsened conditions, actually spent more money and caused an almost unprecedented increase in expenditures for personal consumption.

Consequently, Israel's standard of living rose at a much higher rate than any other Western country.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said, "The government's economic plan in the biennial budget is, without a doubt, the main reason for the high growth rate in Israel. The plan for the coming two years will also increase growth."

I want to call on American Jews that might be out of work to think of making Aliyah. Israel is doing very well on the economic front, so why not try to find a good job in the Land of your fore fathers.

I have kept my home in Israel even as I have worked in other places in the world.

August 17, 2010

'Israel has 8 days to strike Iran'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
17/08/2010
Ex-US envoy to UN Bolton: Attack before Bushehr facility ready.

Former US envoy to the UN John Bolton said Monday that if Israel wants to prevent Iran from acquiring a working nuclear plant, then a military strike must be launched against the Bushehr nuclear power facility within the next eight days. The comments were made in an interview with the Fox Business Network.

Russia, who is supplying the uranium fuel for the plant, announced last week that they will begin loading the Bushehr reactor on August 21.

Bolton warned that once the Bushehr facility is operational it will be too late for a military air strike against Iran because such an attack would spread radiation and harm Iranian civilians.

"Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they're in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it," Bolton said.

Although he didn't think an Israeli attack on Iran was very likely, Bolton expressed the belief that without such a strike both Israel and the US would be in trouble.

"Iran will achieve something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor."

Bolton was critical of Russia for aiding Iran in the fueling of the nuclear reactor.

"The Russians are, as they often do, playing both sides against the middle.

"The idea of being able to stick a thumb in America's eye always figures prominently in Moscow."

If Israel hits now in an effort to keep the Russians loading the reactor and they are unable to take out 100% of the Iranian programs we may loose the opportunity to hit the rest of the program in the future.

I don't care if Israel hits the facility after Russia loads the rods, the environmental problem would belong 100% to Iran.

Israel must do what we need to do to survive and if the Iranian people suffer, I don't care.

Fatah leader: Armed resistance is part of Fatah platform

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
PMW Bulletin: Fatah leader: Armed resistance is part of Fatah platform

Bulletin
Aug. 17, 2010

Fatah leader: Armed resistance is part of Fatah platform
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=2806

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org

f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

Another senior Fatah leader has expressed support for the use of armed
resistance against Israel under the right conditions. In an interview on
official Palestinian Authority Television, Fatah Central Committee member
Jibril Rajoub said:

"At the [Sixth Fatah] Conference, we affirmed the struggle in all its forms,
including resistance and the armed struggle... The [armed] struggle is a
means, not an end. The [armed] struggle is related to our abilities... must
cause pain to the occupation [Israel]; it must be connected to a political
platform."

[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 6, 2010]

Rajoub's message echoes the recent pronouncements of former PA Prime
Minister Ahmed Qurei (Abu Alaa) and other senior Fatah leaders, as reported
last week by Palestinian Media Watch.

Qurei said that armed resistance is still acceptable as long as it is
beneficial to the Palestinians' interests: "If it gives me [benefit] without
costing me, yes." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2010]

Click to view the interview with Jibril Rajoub.
www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=843&fld_id=843&doc_id=2808
Click to see the PMW web site with numerous examples of Fatah leaders
supporting violence.

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=462
Below is the transcript of the interview with Rajoub, followed by other
statements by PA leaders supporting violence against Israel as a legitimate
and even admirable Palestinian option, depending on profitability and
capability:

PA TV Interviewer: "You've talked about Fatah's armed struggle, it's past,
etc. Everyone knows that today there is an approach in Fatah that says 'no'
to the armed struggle at this stage..."
Jibril Rajoub, Fatah Central Committee member: "At the [Sixth Fatah]
Conference, we affirmed the struggle in all its forms, including resistance
and the armed struggle...
We agreed on it unanimously about both the movement's aims and its
principles, including the resistance and the armed struggle. The [armed]
struggle, as we see it, is not an aim; it is not a hike or a pleasure
cruise.
[Armed] resistance has circumstances, considerations, and factors - whether
national, regional or international. It must cause pain to the occupation;
it must be connected to a political platform."

[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 6, 2010]

1- Ahmad Qurei (Abu Alaa), former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, head
of the PLO's Jerusalem Department says armed resistance is function of
profitability:

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=462&doc_id=2793
Qurei: "All the options are open, as I see it. Negotiations, political
activity, popular activity and [armed] resistance - and we must continue
with it."
Question: "Today, what is the [best] option, in your opinion?"
Qurei: "All of the above."
Question: "Including [armed] resistance?"
Qurei: "I see and analyze. And if it [resistance] gives me [benefit] without
costing me, yes."

[Al Sharq Al-Awsat (London),
reprinted in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2010]

2- Nabil Shaath, member of Palestinian Parliament, Fatah Commissioner of
Foreign Relations and member of the Fatah Central Committee, says
negotiations are "tactical" and "temporary"
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=462&doc_id=2648

"Dr. Nabil Shaath, Commissioner of International Relations and member of the
Fatah Central Committee... stated that the decision to renew negotiations
was a tactical decision, i.e., a temporary, defensive decision... and it is
dependent upon the possibility of attaining tangible results for the
Palestinians. He concluded: 'Even the resistance uses defensive tactics in
order not to miss opportunities.'"

[Al-Dustur (Jordan), June 10, 2010]

3- Nabil Shaath, member of Palestinian Parliament, Fatah Commissioner of
Foreign Relations and member of the Fatah Central Committee, defends the
right to armed struggle when it is in the "people's interest"
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=462&doc_id=2649

"Dr. Nabil Shaath, member of the Fatah Central Committee... emphasized that
'the Palestinian people has the right to defend itself, and it has the right
to act in the way of the armed struggle. We have acted in this way for 100
years. Fatah led it [the armed struggle] for 23 years, and Hamas adopted it
for 15 years. We are proud of all of our Shahids (Martyrs), and it is our
right to return to the armed conflict whenever we view that as our people's
interest.'"

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2010]

4- Nabil Shaath, member of Palestinian Parliament, Fatah Commissioner of
Foreign Relations and member of the Fatah Central Committee, explains the
"inability" to engage in armed struggle now
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=462&doc_id=2793

"MP Dr. Nabil Shaath, member Fatah Central Committee and Commissioner of
Foreign Relations... emphasized that the Fatah's stated strategy for the
struggle is to adopt the growing popular and 'non-violent' struggle against
Israel, because of the inability to engage in the armed struggle, which has
become undesirable now, although it is the right of the Palestinian people,
which all international treaties and resolutions have guaranteed... Shaath
said: 'I have said this to the leaders of Hamas, I have said to [Hamas PM]
Ismail Haniyeh during my meeting with him in Gaza, that Arab, regional and
to engage in the armed struggle...' Shaath emphasized that the non-violent
struggle is no less honorable than the armed struggle, and that it does not
signify submission to Israeli demands."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2010]

5- Nabil Shaath, member of Palestinian Parliament, Fatah Commissioner of
Foreign Relations and member of the Fatah Central Committee, says that armed
struggle is not rejected
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103617260072&s=4998&e=001uN3H5eIFt9xkIWg7dQZcTnxlcgFyOQ2q8NzQFCxmH3VrXDzuijZ1OgW6T3BO8qU-hezMKOyvWrHJUQGmA67hptCL98HGcXd-pJIb_uz0nGdPu8LKRKqdvELO3nHIBlkfgoo6aVG28i3HlT_lgZ8sUC7zMkHngYmH
"Dr. Nabil Shaath, Fatah... [said] The current distancing from the armed
struggle does not mean its absolute rejection... He noted that the
difficulty of the conflict required the Palestinian people to diversify its
activities of struggle - along with an emphasis on the importance of the
armed struggle, which laid the basis for the existence of the state and
contributed to maintaining the right and presenting it to the world -
especially since the armed struggle at the present time is not possible, or
is not effective, because of to the difficulties with which the Palestinian
people contends."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2010]

6- Editorials in the PA official daily: "Armed struggle is impossible now."
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=462&doc_id=2473

"I have no doubt that the occupation is destined to pass from the world... I
also have no doubt that out of the options for the national struggle to be
rid of the occupation, the popular struggle is the one that is needed, since
the option of the armed struggle is impossible now."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 24, 2010]

7- Fatah leader Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, justifies
violence:
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=462&doc_id=2472

"Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, does not believe that a
Palestinian-Israeli agreement will be achieved in the shadow of the extreme
right-wing [Israeli] government, but he leaves the door open to a 'return to
[UN] Resolution 181 [1947 Partition Plan] and to all forms of the struggle,
including the armed struggle, if the negotiations fail... the door is open
to a return to the UN, such that Resolutions 242 and 338 will no longer have
any value, and there will be a return to Resolution 181 [of November 29,
1947], which is the Partition Plan and the birth certificate of the State of
Israel and of the Palestinian State. In addition, [there will be] a return
to UN Resolution 3236, which grants the Palestinian people the right to all
forms of the struggle, including the armed struggle...'
He called for 'a gathering that will bring together the Fatah and Hamas
leadership, under Mahmoud Abbas' ... and added: 'We are in favor of anyone
who defends the homeland and bears arms in order to defend it, because he
supports the idea of Fatah and of the resistance [armed conflict].'"

[Al-Ghad (Jordan), May 22, 2010]

August 16, 2010

Gaza: IDF clashes with terrorists


By YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
16/08/2010
2 rockets explode after fighting leaves IDF soldier wounded.

An IDF soldier was lightly wounded on Monday in clashes with Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

The soldier, from the Armored Corps, was part of a force that intercepted two Palestinians who were trying to lay a bomb along the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip.


The force detected the Palestinians and opened fire, killing one of them. In response, sniper fire was opened and the soldier was wounded and evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

It is still not clear who was responsible for the blast.

Following the clashes, two rockets exploded in open land in the Eshkol area near the Gaza Strip.

No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.

The incidents comes after a Palestinian was killed by IDF gunfire in southern Gaza near the town of Khan Younis two weeks ago.

IDF Spokesperson said soldiers saw a group of men approach Israel's border fence with Gaza and launched an air strike against them.

The IDF has recorded 35 attempts by Palestinians to plant bombs along the border fence since the beginning of the year.

'Electronic nose' detects cancer

August 16, 110 Monday 14 Elul 3870 5:45 IST print
jpost

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
16/08/2010
Technion device shown effective in literally sniffing out disease.

The British Journal of Cancer has just recognized the potential of the “electronic nose” – developed by Dr. Hossam Haick and publicized in recent years – for detecting at an early stage four types of cancer: lung, breast, prostate and colon.

The cancer-sniffing device was invented by the researcher at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Chemical Engineering.

Clinical trials have already shown that the device detects cancer, including its type and location, with a 92 percent success rate and can distinguish between cancer patients and healthy people.

Scientists have known for some time now that dogs are capable of detecting cancer in earlier stages by sniffing the patient’s breath. The animals are able to identify molecules created by a tumor that circulate through patient’s blood to the lungs, and leave the body when the patient exhales.

The “artificial nose” was developed based on this knowledge, and the final product – now integrating a single nanometric sensor – is very close to a dog’s olfactory system.

Research has passed the experimental stage of clinical trials, which showed that the nose could not only differentiate between healthy and sick people, but could also identify the type of tumor the patient had. The four cancers are responsible for half of all the world’s fatal tumors.

A total of 177 volunteers aged 20 to 75, some healthy and some with cancer, were tested by breathing onto the nanosensor. The data, processed using advanced mathematical algorithms, showed that the device was very accurate in differentiating between healthy and sick people and among the types of tumors.

The journal article, written by Haick and Prof. Abraham Kuten, head of the oncology department at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, said the sensors could detect minute amounts of chemicals in the tumors.

They added that the device could not only detect the tumors early but be used to monitor improvement in patients’ condition as they undergo treatment for the cancers.

“It could save the lives of thousands of people around the world every year,’ they maintained in the journal.

Haick, who is only 35, recently led of group of scientists from eight universities and companies in Europe that received from the European Union a grant worth €5.4 million for the development of nanometric sensors.

This, he believes, will leaded to the development of a mobile, cheap but sophisticated device that can help doctors diagnose cancer at an early stage.

August 15, 2010

Good Move



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Photo by: Associated Press

Barak approves purchase of F-35s
By YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
15/08/2010
Israel to receive first 20 fighters in 2015, cost estimated at $2.75b.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak gave his approval Sunday for the purchase of the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) by the Israeli Air Force from the US.

"The F-35 is a fighter jet of the future that will enable Israel to continue its air superiority and mainatain its qualitative edge in the region," said Barak. "The plane will provide the air force with better long-range and short-range capabilities in a manner that will help ensure national security."


While the Pentagon has approved an Israeli request to purchase 75 aircraft, Israel plans – at the initial stage – to only buy around 20 JSFs. The deal is estimated to cost $2.75 billion. Barak will take the deal to the cabinet for final approval.

Two main obstacles have impeded Israeli procurement plans until now – the price of the aircraft, likely to reach just over $140 million, as well as US opposition to the integration of Israeli-designed technical systems into the plane.

Due to the high price of the aircraft, Israel will buy a first batch configured like the standard US version. The initial planes will begin arriving in Israel towards the end of 2015.

August 13, 2010

MERF APPEARANCE

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

With U.S. Jewish sponsor, ex-IDF chief eyes Knesset bid

* Published 00:56 13.08.10
* Latest update 00:56 13.08.10

http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/with-u-s-jewish-sponsor-ex-idf-chief-eyes-knesset-bid-1.307703?trailingPath=2.169%2C2.225%2C2.226%2C
Maj. Gen. (res. ) Dan Halutz raises about NIS 391,000 for a run for a position with an undisclosed political party.
By Or Kashti and Zvi Zrahiya

In a recent three-week period, former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Maj. Gen. (res. ) Dan Halutz raised about NIS 391,000 for a run for a position with a political party, the identity of which he has not disclosed. This information was contained in a report that Halutz handed Monday to State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss. Most of the sum, about NIS 373,000, is from a single donor, Jeffrey Silverman, an American active in the Chicago Jewish community.

Last night Halutz told Haaretz "I don't have anything to hide." However, he declined to comment on the matter.

At the end of last month, it was reported that Halutz is expected in the coming months to join the Kadima party. At the time, he responded: "Nothing will happen in September. That doesn't mean things won't be happening later."

According to the report, broadcast on Channel 10, the former IDF chief was expected to join Kadima within a matter of weeks as he wished to undertake an early start to a political campaign. It was thought Halutz was seeking to put public discussion of his conduct during the 2006 Second Lebanon War behind him to the greatest extent possible prior to the next Knesset election campaign.

In recent years, Silverman has been a major contributor to Friends of the IDF in the United States. In 2009, Silverman received the Yonatan Netanyahu Memorial Award from the organization for what the group said was his outstanding support for the soldiers of Israel. In 2006, he was active in an "Adopt a Battalion" program in which donors committed to provide three years of support. He was a participant in a Friends of the IDF mission to Israel in May of that year, during which one of the people he met was Halutz.

How can this man even dare to run for office after being the worse Chief of Staff of the IDF in Israel's history.

It was Halutz that brought Israel defeat in the Second Lebanon war along with his boss Olmert.

Israeli politics at it's worse.

'Turkey used chemical weapons against PKK'

German website Der Spiegel says examination of photographs of eight scorched Kurdish rebels shows Turkey used chemical weapons
Ynet

Is Turkey using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels? German weekly Der Spiegel reported on its website Thursday that it had obtained photographs showing the bodies of fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that had been killed by chemical weapons. The report, which is based on a report published over the weekend, claims German experts have examined and confirmed the photographs' authenticity.


According to the report, the horrifying images show burned, maimed and scorched body parts. Kurdish human rights activists believe the people in the photos are eight members of the PKK underground, who were killed in clashes with the Turkish military in September 2009.


The photographs were transferred to a human rights delegation including German activists, journalists, and far-Left Turkish politicians.


The report said the photographs were transferred to a forensics lab and were examined by experts from Hamburg University Hospital. Expert Hans Baumann confirmed the initial suspicion that it is highly probable the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."


This is not the first time Turkey is suspected of using chemical weapons, in violation of the international treaty to which it is a signatory. Such suspicions have led German politicians to call for an independent international probe into the matter.
http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3935422,00.html

If this is true, how can Turkey even dare to say any thing against Israel.

August 12, 2010

IRGC Launches Dozens of Missile-Launching Speedboats in Persian Gulf


News number: 890519144217:36 | 2010-08-10Defence
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8905191442

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Tuesday launched
tens of its missile-launching speedboats in the Persian Gulf.

The speedboats in Zolfaqar, Tareq, Ashoura and Zoljanah classes were
launched in a ceremony attended by IRGC Navy Commander Admiral Ali Fadavi
and a number of other high-ranking officials.

During the ceremony, Fadavi underlined that the speedboats enjoy high-speed,
good sailing capabilities and a high destructive power, and announced the
country's plans to continue launching similar vessels in Iran's southern
waters.

Noting that the measure is aimed at improving the deterrence power of the
Iranian Navy, he reiterated, "Undoubtedly through this measure we can extend
help to the further establishment of security in the Persian Gulf and the
Strait of Hormuz."

The Islamic Republic has mass-produced a large number of speed-boats with
rocket- launchers and other sophisticated military equipment which are able
to strike a heavy blow on any foreign warship if the country comes under
attack.

Also the IRGC has earlier announced that it is ready to deploy its
submarines and battle boats to intercept vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.

The IRGC is responsible for the security of the Persian Gulf. In 2008, Major
General Yahya Rahim Safavi, former commander of the IRGC and the current
military advisor to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, declared
that the responsibility of Persian Gulf defense had been handed over to the
IRGC.

He warned that the IRGC would seal the strategic Strait of Hormuz in case
the US launches any attack on Iran's nuclear installations.

Safavi said that according to the Supreme Leader's decision, the Iranian
army was tasked with controlling the Oman and Caspian Seas, while the full
responsibility for defending the Persian Gulf security was handed over to
the IRGC.

Iran's armed forces comprise of the regular army and the IRGC, both of which
are under the command of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Seyed Ali Khamenei.

The IRGC, which is formed of the three ground, naval and air forces, is
mainly tasked with protecting border areas and defending the Islamic
Republic against foreign and internal threats. The Leader's decision
expanded the IRGC's control in the strategic Persian Gulf which is also a
major route for global oil exports.

General Rahim Safavi also said at the time that any hostile target and all
warships passing through the Persian Gulf are within the reach of the IRGC's
missiles

Iran Warns of Tough Reaction to Possible Israeli Invasion of Lebanon


News number: 890519154919:45 | 2010-08-10Foriegn Policy
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8905191549

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast on
Tuesday said a new Israeli invasion of Lebanon is unlikely, but meantime
warned that the Zionist regime would be slapped hard in the face by the
regional states if it dares to attack Lebanon again.

"What the Zionist regime (of Israel) should understand well … is that an
aggression against any country in the region or against any Muslim nation in
the region will cause the strong reaction of all the regional countries,"
Mehman-Parast said, responding to a question about Iran's reaction to a
possible Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

Regarding the possibility of the start of a new war in the region,
Mehman-Parast stated, "The possibility of the issue (war) depends on the
resistance and reaction that the regional counties may show to these
threats."

"Given the regional countries' preparedness and vigilance, they won't allow
the Zionist regime and its supporters to make a move in this regard (war),"
the spokesman added.

The spokesman said a number of US, western and Israeli circles are much
inclined towards a new war in the region, but their assessments of the
risks, consequences and costs of a new war have harnessed their hawkish
tendencies and decreased the possibility of a new war.

The remarks by Mehman-Parast came days after Israeli forces launched several
rockets targeting a Lebanese army position on the country's southern border,
killing at least three Lebanese soldiers. One Israeli officer was also
killed in the resulting firefights, while several other Lebanese and Israeli
soldiers were injured.

According to a Lebanese army spokesman, the violence broke out after Israeli
soldiers entered Lebanon, attempting to uproot a tree on the Lebanese side
of the border.

August 11, 2010

'We should've used accurate fire'

http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=184405
By YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
11/08/2010
Turkel C'tee: Ashkenazi takes responsibility for flotilla raid.

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi told the Turkel Committee on Wednesday that the IDF made a crucial mistake when it did not resort to accurate fire against those blocking entry to the Mavi Marmara Turkish aid ship as IDF Shayetet 13 commandos rappelled onto the ship from helicopters.

"The central mistake, including mine, was that we thought there were about 10-15 people on the ship, we will throw flash grenades, they will move away, and then we will be able to drop 15 soldiers in one minute," explained Ashkenazi. "Here was the real error. We should have managed conditions to accumulate power in the quickest way. There was need to fire with accurate weapons and neutralize those who prevented the rappelling down of soldiers, something that would have decreased the the risk of harm to them. That is the central lesson for the next operation."


When asked whether the plan needed to be changed after the first soldier boarded the ship, Ashkenazi stressed that the moment the soldier rappelled down from the chopper, there was no doubt that the operation needed to be continued. And that was the decision of the Navy chief.

"When someone comes at a soldier with an axe, the soldier will shoot," said the IDF chief.

He also added that the IDF did not have sufficient evidence on the IHH organization. "The level of knowledge the IDF had on the organization was not like the level of information we have on Hamas," or the Islamic Jihad. "We did not investigate the organization. It was not on our list of our priorities because it was not listed as a terror organization and was located in Turkey which is not an enemy state."

In a clear break from the strategy of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Ashkenazi took responsibility for the botched flotilla raid in late May during his testimony before then Turkel Committee.

Good for Ashkenazi for taking responsibility.

But how could the IDF not know what the intent of the terrorist on the ship were. It was available open source, showing them board the ship in Turkey saying they wanted to become martyrs.

List Of Evidence For War As Heard On Hugh Hewitt

I have had a long briefing from a contact at home. Look for war breaking out at the end of the month.

Evidence is building that shows things are marching toward a major war.

1. Hizbullah has dug tunnels into northern Israel.

2. Hizbullah has 60,000 rockets many with chemical war heads.

3. USA aircraft carrier was supposed to head back to USA and is waiting at Malta

4. Israeli satellite captured photos of submarine off loading weapons to Hizbullah in Northern Lebanon intelligence later showed weapons were special chemical weapons engineered to eat through protective equipment. This agent may now be loaded on Hizbullah rockets.

5. Israel Air Force training in long range missions, jets, helicopters which would suggest commando raids a long way from home.

6. IDF reserves called up and trained at an abnormal pace.

7. Israel delivers letter to UN, Lebanon and USA showing where Hizbullah has hidden rocket in civilian areas. Israel tell Hizbullah to move the weapons or we will hit them where they are.

8. Israeli subs sitting off Iran

9. IAF has airbase in Saudi Arabia

10. Israeli intelligence has captured data showing Hizbullah will preemptively attack Israel at months end, objective to take out IAF bases so our planes cannot hit Iran.

August 10, 2010

What Did He Say

IDF changes approach to Lebanon army

Following last week's deadly exchange of fire on northern border, IDF says incident was just straw that broke camel's back after series of aggressions, orders forces to respond firmly to any violation of calm by 'treacherous' Lebanese army
Hanan Greenberg

Exactly a week after the exchange of fire on Israel's northern border, the IDF decided to change its approach to the Lebanese army. After the incident, Yossi Heiman, head of the Division for Strategic Planning and Foreign Relations in the Planning Directorate, told the Lebanese chief of staff as well as senior UNIFIL figures that Israel would now respond harshly to all aggressive moves – four times more severely than it had done before the incident.


Until the incident, soldiers on the other side of the fence were considered to be contributing to stability together with UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). During previous years, IDF soldiers have operated near the international border ("the blue line") a very short distance from the Lebanese soldiers and never felt threatened. In fact, there was even a certain level of trust between the armies, which sometimes met under UNIFIL auspices.

We will respond harshly to aggressive moves- four times more severely than before?

What in the world does this mean, we will file four times as many complaints with UNIFIL?

Does anyone speak in easy to understand language any more?

Let's try this as a test case.

IDF to Lebanon army, if you cross this point on the map, will will kill you. If you take arms against us we are at war and we will destroy your nation and then salt the fields.

Then if pushed do it.

My way is much easier to understand.

Hamas on killing spree in Gaza

Distressed Hamas in midst of massive hunt for collaborators, spree of executions in Strip
Alex Fishman

News stories about bodies found at sea are occasionally published by Gaza newspapers. The number of such bodies isn't huge, yet not all those drowning victims chose to go swimming voluntarily. The Gazans who found their death at sea include mid-level officials at sensitive government ministries, the Interior Ministry for example, alongside police and security officers.

Some of them were shot in the head before being sent on their swim.
There is a common denominator to these deaths: All of the victims were designated as traitors by the secret service of Hamas' military wing in charge of counter-espionage and executed as collaborators.

And these are not just simple collaborators, but rather, people who penetrated deep into Hamas' government; so deep that Hamas leaders are embarrassed to expose the failure and prefer to make these people disappear, with or without a brief court-martial.


'Kids, turn in your parents'
Gaza's streets are teeming with rumors. Stories of people who disappeared at sea or elsewhere stay on the agenda. The whole of Gaza, as if amok-stricken, takes part in the hunt. Posters urging a war on collaborators hang in the streets; the issue is discussed on the radio and during sermons at mosques. In the upcoming school year, the topic will be added to the curriculum, with Gaza children learning about the dangers inherent in collaborators. Teachers will be asked to explain what good, suspicious children do: Turn in their parents.

This huge manhunt is not a sign of strength, says a senior Israeli security official – the opposite is true. These are clear signs of distress for Hamas' regime.

The more time passes from the Turkish flotilla and easing of the blockade, the more blurred Hamas' achievements become. Despite some success stories, the list of failures is much longer: The group failed to breach the naval blockade, failed to breach the obstacle of global recognition (Hamas flirts with the Norwegians and Swiss, who make great promises without the ability to deliver,) and failed to breach the obstacle of Arab recognition. In fact, the Arab League recently permitted Mahmoud Abbas to embark on peace talks with Israel.

Indeed, Gaza residents get 30-40% more goods than they did before the flotilla and the standard of living is rising. However, they continue to live in a cage. They may have a little more food and enjoy a little more luxury, but it's still a cage. Meanwhile, the religious pressure keeps building up inside the Strip. Religious laws are becoming stricter and expand: Beardless men feel unease, while women are not allowed to smoke nargilas and must don a burqa, and so on. Gaza's streets are becoming Iran-like, to the chagrin of many Strip residents.


Old Palestinian complex
In late May, three people were publically executed after spending long months in jail and being accused of collaboration with the Shin Bet. Shortly thereafter, Hamas announced "40 days of mercy" where all collaborators were urged to turn themselves in and win a pardon. Twenty people complied with the request. During these 40 days, Hams sent thousands of text messages, urging their recipients to come clean and promising that they will be granted amnesty.

The 40 days ended on July 10th. Hamas granted the undecided another 24 hours, and immediately after that – and up until now – embarked on a major campaign of arrests and manhunts for the people blacklisted by the counter-espionage unit. This unit, which reports directly and exclusively to Ahmed Jabari and Mohammad Deif, comprises professionals who were trained not only in Syria and Iran. The Gaza "students" undergo orderly courses on espionage and counter-espionage, learning among other things about coded communication systems. For example, they are being taught about the alleged breach of Lebanese phone networks by Israel.

The manhunt for collaborators follows the lessons drawn in the wake of Operation Cast Lead. Hamas was surprised to discover how deeply it was exposed to Israel's intelligence services and decided to address the problem. Israel would do well to understand that despite what we want to think, both Hamas and Hezbollah excel at drawing lessons. For example, any cell that is nabbed and jailed by Israel undergoes a debriefing with the help of more veteran prisoners: How were we nabbed? Who screwed us over? The conclusions are disseminated once they're reached.

Collaboration with Israel or with other foreign elements is an old Palestinian complex. The number of Palestinian collaborators throughout history is immense. The sociologists within the intelligence community attribute this phenomenon to the culture of survival. The next phase in the manhunt for collaborators will be public trials, to open simultaneously to more waves of arrests

It is impossible to estimate the extent of the damage to be suffered by Israel – if at all – as result of the campaign, yet it appears that Israel contributed quite a bit to the launch of the manhunt. Following Operation Cast Lead, security officials here boasted that each IDF division commander was escorted by a Shin Bet man who provided real-time intelligence information elicited from Palestinian sources. The stories about real-time alerts regarding snipers, roadside bombs, or ambushes infuriated Hamas.

In retrospect, the Israeli boastfulness came at the expense of live agents in the field. Meanwhile, these days too, when the Air Force strikes a building and kills a terror suspect, we can assume that someone pinpointed the location and the suspect. Sometimes, technology just isn't enough.


Hamas power struggle
Meanwhile, Hamas' frustration already comes with a price: The recent rockets fired at Ashkelon and Sderot were shot by Hamas' military wing, without notifying the group's political leadership. There is no doubt that this fire aimed to destroy the calm and reignite the conflict against Israel.

Hamas' military wing, headed by Ahmed Jabari, is embroiled in a dispute over the proper struggle strategy with the political leadership, headed by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The political, pragmatic leadership prefers a PR struggle in the international arena. The Turkish flotilla boosted this camp considerably, but two months have passed since then and the military arm is pressing for an end to the impasse, arguing that time plays in Israel favor.

The Air Force's response to the latest rocket attacks was harsh enough to make it clear to Hamas' political branch that Israel has no interest in the stories about Haniyeh's inability to contain the military wing. The Hamas leader realizes that the response to the next rocket attack would exact an even higher price. For now it appears that the message was received and that the calm shall prevail. If it doesn't, the IDF is preparing an even more painful blow.

However, Hamas suffered a greater embarrassment following the delusional rocket attack on Eilat, which ended up killing and wounding people in Jordan's Aqaba of all places. Last time Jabari and his men carried out such attack, in April, nobody claimed responsibility. It took Egypt a few days to admit the attacks originated in its territory, and now it faces a problem: How to explain to Hamas that one does not play games with Egypt or pushes it into a corner?

The immediate slap to the face was sustained by Hamas' military leadership, which seeks ways to resume its dialogue with Egypt. Mubarak will not forgive the embarrassment he suffered, and Jabari's gamble may cost Hamas dearly.

August 09, 2010

Israel’s failed tunnel war

Ynetnews special: For 20 years now, Israel has failed to contend with terror tunnel threat

Ronen Bergman
Published: 08.09.10, 12:33 / Israel News

One night in May 1998, an undercover military force was on its way to capture Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Days earlier, the country was aghast at the kidnapping and murder of soldiers Ilan Sa'adon and Avi Sasportas. Intelligence collected pointed to Mabhouh. When his hiding place was exposed, it was clear that this was an opportunity not to be missed. The troops moved in, but suddenly, Mabhouh disappeared, almost as if he had been swallowed up by the earth.

The story of what followed is well-known. After he fled to Egypt, Mabhouh emerged in Damascus. There, he earned the title of "the daring fighter who escaped the Israelis,” became one of the biggest weapon smugglers into Gaza. The arms and explosives he transferred to the Strip were used in countless terrorist attacks, and his hands continued to be covered in Israeli blood even thousands of kilometers away from Gaza. Mabhouh was assassinated last January, in a Dubai hit that made headlines worldwide. Twenty-one murderous years had passed since that night he fled Gaza.

After his mysterious escape, the Shin Bet security services launched an inquiry Mabhouh’s success in getting out from right under the soldiers' noses. The conclusion was that he used a smuggling tunnel into Egypt.

At this point, the defense establishment understood that another battle front was emerging against Israel – in addition to the aerial, ground and maritime wars, a new underground war was taking shape in the Strip. This raised concerns – which later materialized – that the tunnels could be used not only to enable terrorists to escape, but could also be utilized for the smuggling of weapons, the launch of attacks, and for kidnappings. All these concerns were discussed 17 years before Gilad Shalit was kidnapped via a tunnel.

It was obvious that something had to be done – the question was what? Finally, someone suggested that the defense establishment seek the assistance of the Geophysical Institute. The State-run research institute specializes in oil exploration and employs scientists with expertise in mapping out underground spaces. Why shouldn't all this knowledge be used to uncover Hamas terror tunnels as well?

The Geophysical Institute got on board. The result was the development of two highly efficient systems that were ready for use for many years now. In fact, they could have been used back in 2001, long before Shalit was kidnapped.

A Yedioth Ahronoth investigation revealed that, for unclear reasons, the defense establishment decided to try out other technologies instead. Tens of millions were invested in these systems, but they all proved to be failures. Now, Defense Ministry sources also admit to this.


Security chiefs warned

More than 20 years after the tunnels were identified as a clear and immediate threat, and despite Israeli technology that has been in existence for many years now, the tunnels continue to pose a threat. IDF posts and Israeli communities in the Gaza vicinity (and potentially communities adjacent to the separation fence), as well as towns on the Lebanon border are completely vulnerable to attacks or kidnappings via tunnels, and the defense establishment has no effective means to fight them.

If such a kidnapping takes place, heaven forbid, it will be impossible to claim before then next inquiry commission that "we didn't know" or that "there was nothing we could have done". The commission would simply have to open the Defense Ministry and Southern Command archives and take a peek at the protocol of an internal meeting from January.

In the meeting, commander of the Engineering Southern Command, Colonel Ilan Sabag, warned: "The Southern Command has knowledge of the existence of Hamas tunnels penetrating into our territory. The Southern Command believes these tunnels are meant to be used in the kidnapping of soldiers when the time is right. The Southern Command believes that the timing and the use of the tunnels by Hamas will be defined in accordance with considerations related to the Shalit deal… the Southern Command finds it difficult to efficiently locate the tunnels with the means available to it."

Sources at the Defense Ministry's arms development office admitted in a talk with Yedioth Ahronoth that the systems they recommended have proven to be total failures. In short, the defense establishment knows about the tunnels' existence and it knows that the existing means of detection are inefficient. All cards are on the table, except for the solution.

Colonel (res.) Yossi Langotsky, a leading geologist, was appointed as the chief of staff's voluntary consultant on tunnel affairs in 2004, when the number of Israelis killed as a result of terror tunnels stood at 14. When Langotsky entered the post, he was faced with a difficult reality: Proven detection means exist, but they remain on paper.

For five years now he has been bombarding defense establishment heads with letters and reports; none of them will be able to say, "I didn't know."

"Before a disaster happens, I am warning you that the kidnapping, heaven forbid, of a number of soldiers, and their transfer as hostages into enemy territory… along our border with the Gaza Strip… is an option with unfortunately very high chances of being realized," Langotsky wrote to the defense minister, IDF chief of staff and Southern Command head some months ago. And he makes no effort to conceal the cause of the ongoing threat: "The defense establishment and the IDF did not get their act in order, did not prepare and did not equip themselves properly; this includes the systems that are 'on the shelf' along the relevant borders."

Before diving into Langotsky's frightening scenarios, now is the time to understand the scope and dimensions of the tunnel threat.


‘The seismic fence’
During the 21 years since Mabhouh's escape, several Gaza clans have developed expertise in the field of tunnel digging. Despite having relatively limited technical means, the tunnels being dug keep getting deeper. In 1990, when the Defense Ministry first contacted the Geophysical Institute, a tunnel survey was carried out near the Philadelphi route, which showed that the average depth of a smuggling tunnel ranged from 10-15 meters. Today, the average depth of a Gaza tunnel stands at some 20 meters, and it is believed that the deeper tunnels reach a depth of 30 meters. Meanwhile, the underground barrier constructed by Egypt on the Philadelphi route is only 25 meters deep, meaning the tunnel builders will just dig under it.

The problem with the "tunnel wars" is not destroying them, which is a relatively simple task. The problem has to do with uncovering them. As was proven, traditional intelligence is insufficient. In June 2006, Israel possessed intelligence that terror groups planned to kidnap a soldier in Gaza. This did not stop the excavation of the tunnel through which the cell that kidnapped Shalit entered Israel, and returned with him to the Strip. This is where the Geophysical Institute enters the picture.

In the early 1990s, the Institute began searching for ways to help the IDF build permanent, reliable systems for detecting tunnels. In order to tackle the problem of "noisy tunnels", meaning tunnels that contained movement such as digging or the transfer of equipment or people, the institute developed a system called the "underground seismic fence." This system is built on a network of electronic sensors called geophones, which are used around the world for detecting oil.

The seismic fence was developed during the 1990s, when the dangers of terrorist bombers and abductors infiltrating Israel were clear. Once the system was developed, it was tested at Kerem Shalom – the same area where Shalit was kidnapped several years later. The Institute built a tunnel at its own cost, and the seismic fence was activated.

The experiment was a success: The Institute's researchers used several different tools in the tunnel, and the system was able to detect the digging path accurately at any depth, and in a radius of a few dozen meters. In other words, had such system been in place, the IDF would have received a warning of several meters, which equal several days of digging, before the tunnel would have reached the Israeli side. It's easy to think what would have happened had Shalit's commanders received a few days warning in the area where the tunnel was being dug.


14 dead soldiers
In 2001, the Geophysical Institute informed the Defense Ministry that the system was ready. But instead of celebrating the success, the Institute suddenly learned that the Defense Ministry was examining other options.

In August, 2001, Dr. Yair Rotstein, the Institute's director at the time, wrote to then-Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, expressing his concern: "The ongoing digging of tunnels from the Palestinians Authority's territory into Egypt… is a painful matter that the defense establishment has been trying to find a solution to for over 10 years… We have reached the conclusion that a seismic fence should be built along the Philadelphi Route… in contrast to our recommendations, the defense establishment has chosen other means."

Rotstein urged Ben-Eliezer to appoint a body to work with the Institute on the matter, but no progress was made. A few letters and meeting later, there was still no seismic fence, and in 2004, the Defense Ministry's arms development office informed the Institute that a private company had presented a much better, more accurate system.

In December 2004, the worst happened. A booby-trapped tunnel exploded near a Rafah checkpoint and left five soldiers dead. Six others were wounded. Days after the incident, the director general of the Ministry of National Infrastructures, which the Geophysical Institute is a branch of, wrote to the director general of the Defense Ministry: "I understand (the Geophysical Institute) has the technological abilities to counter the problem, in an immediate timeframe, using active and passive means. This is available equipment that can be acquired and activated immediately."

In response, the Defense Ministry said: "The experiment that was proposed by the Geophysical Institute was carried out while examining three companies that offered similar active technologies. The test's results showed that the performance of the system presented by the Institute was insufficient compared to the two other companies, and therefore it has been decided to continue working with these companies."

Following the Rafah explosion, and after the tunnels had taken the lives of a total of 14 IDF solders, then IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon appointed Langotsky as his advisor on tunnel affairs. Langotsky said that from the moment he took the job, he found that many reports were hidden from him, and fallacious reports were issued instead. He said that in a December 2004 meeting with Ya'alon, the detectors which the Defense Ministry claimed were superior to the Geophysical Institute's were reported to be "completely unfit" after months of tests.


Ministry admits complete failure
When we presented the claims the Institute’s and Langotsky’s claims to the Defense Ministry, its spokesman called a special meeting. Two officers in charge of tunnel affairs attended the meeting – a colonel and a lieutenant colonel who requested their names not be published. They presented a full set of efforts the Defense Ministry has invested in the tunnel matter in recent years. The two piled large folders and files full of papers on the desk.

"We can't show you because they are classified, but we wanted you to understand just how much had been done in the matter over the years," they said. Nonetheless, the two did admit that the matter was considered marginal until around 2002, and rejected the claim that they were dealing with the issue for 20 years. "We have been dealing with it seriously for only eight or nine years, and that was before my time and I cannot respond about what happened then," the colonel said.

"This is a very complex matter," one officer added. "The defense establishment has received numerous offers from many different bodies; most of them lack any understanding of the matter. But we take each proposal we receive seriously." The two presented a long table listing tunnel detection system proposals, which also included some rather bizarre options, such as detecting tunnels using meditation, séances, and more.

But there were some more serious suggestions, such as the Geophysical Institute's system. The Defense Ministry's arms development office ultimately decided to go with a private company's system, which operates similarly to the seismic fence. In this week's meeting, Defense Ministry sources admitted for the first time that this system was a complete failure. The tens of millions that were invested in it went down the drain.

When we asked what caused the failure, they pinned the blame on other Ministry and IDF bodies, which failed to identify the system's serious engineering problems. When asked why this system was chosen over that of the Geophysical Institute, they said, "The military's demand was for a system that would offer completely accurate detection of the tunnel path, at higher resolution of that offered by the Geophysical Institute…the private company’s system met these demands during viability tests.”

However, there are some good news: The officers said that the army has decided to go back to the drawing board and reexamine all the systems that had been offered in the past, including the one designed by the Geophysical Institute. Simultaneously, the Defense Ministry is in contact with another state which is currently contending with a similar problem of smuggling through border tunnels. There too, a comprehensive solution had not yet been found. “Such solution may not exist,” an army official said.


Northern threat worse

Langotsky’s recommendations had also been submitted to former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz. Langotsky stressed that an emergency plan that would include the immediate deployment of Geophysical Institute systems as well as “the establishment of a (compact) administration on the issue of tunnels that would regularly coordinate the efforts.” He also recommended that the administration cooperate with a team of scientists and technological experts that would include civilians possessing dozens of years of experience in the field. He included a list of renowned experts that said they would agree to voluntarily join the project.

Army Chief Halutz responded: “Yossi Shalom. Got it. Read it. Impressive. Will be handled accordingly. We shall talk soon. Halutz.” Langotsky is still waiting.

Meanwhile, a Yedioth Ahronoth inquiry showed that a similar and possibly worse situation prevails on Israel’s northern border. Hezbollah has already proven impressive tunnel-digging capabilities within Lebanon. Intelligence information points to Hezbollah intentions and plans to target IDF outposts or infiltrate Israel in case of a flare-up.

The latest attempts to do something about it were undertaken relatively recently. In January 20 of this year, Langotsky wrote the Southern Command chief, army chief, defense minister, and later the prime minister too and warned yet again about the threat of abduction via tunnels. “This warning is based on my understanding of the lessons drawn by our enemies in respect to the ‘Shalit effect’ and the temptation for a ‘mega-Shalit’ operation.”

For now, Langotsky continues to sound the alarm. In February, he managed to convince Southern Command officers to attend a demonstration at the Geophysical Institute. “According to assessments of Geophysical Institute experts, this equipment may serve as an ‘underground seismic fence,’ as they’ve been telling and writing the defense establishment time and again over for more than a decade now.”

In the meeting, Southern Command officers said that yet another test must be held as soon as possible in order to prove the system’s effectiveness. But as happened before, weeks have passed and nothing has been done.

“Several phone messages left by me were not returned at all,” Langotsky angrily wrote the Southern command. “Three months have passed since we met, two months have passed since we handed over the test plan you asked for, yet nobody is answering!!!”

August 08, 2010

American Pay Back

Names of American Terror Victims in Israel Missing from US List
Av 28, 5770, 08 August 10 01:24
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(Israelnationalnews.com) Dozens of names of American victims of Arab terror in Israel, including more than 10 who were murdered, are missing from a State Department list, which also offers up to $5 million for information on terrorists.

The U.S. “Rewards for Justice“ program offers up to $5 million for information that brings to justice those responsible for the attacks. Since its inception, RFJ has paid over $80 million to more than 50 individuals for information that prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring to justice those involved in prior acts.

The victims' names are published under the title of “Violence in Opposition to the Middle East Peace Negotiations - 1993 to present.”

The Rewards for Justice website states, "Anyone thinks that they, or a deceased family member, are eligible to be listed as a victim in the Rewards for Justice program, should call the State Department's Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs at (202) 647-3672." %ad%

The U.S. State Department website recently added two names of American victims of Arab terror after it was discovered the list was incomplete. Relatives of Binyamin and Talya Kahane reportedly said they had not been approached by the State Department, and their names were included after contact was made through Samaria (Shomron) liaison director David Ha'Ivri.

He told Israel National News that the State Dept. also was informed that the name of Rabbi Hillel Lieberman is missing, but his name has not been included. An American Embassy spokesman responded that the list is being updated, and he also pointed out that the State Dept. does not post any names without the permission of the families.

The Kahane couple and Rabbi Lieberman were killed at the beginning of the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War, which broke out in 2000. They were associated with the Kach movement, founded by Kahane’s father Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was slain in New York in 1990.

The government web site states, “Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in September 1993, terrorist groups and individuals opposed to a negotiated peace agreement have staged attacks in Gaza, the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and Israel. The intent of these attacks was to disrupt peace negotiations and to modify the attitudes of the leaders engaged in them."

Dozens of names are missing from the list, according to a compilation on the Jewish Virtual Library list of American victims of terror. It is not known if the families of the victims have contacted the State Dept.

Among the missing names are Nachshon Wachsman, who was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in 1994; Dov Driben, an American Israeli who was killed at his farm in 1996; and Eish Kodesh Gilmore, an American Israeli who was killed while guarding the National Insurance Institute in Jerusalem in 2000.

The State Dept. list concludes with a suicide bombing in May 2003 and does not include at least seven subsequent terrorist attacks that have killed or wounded American citizens. The attacks include the 2006 murder of Florida teenager Daniel Wultz at a Tel Aviv food stand; the bombing of an American convoy in Gaza in October 2003; and the September 2003 suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed David Applebaum and his daughter Nava, originally from Cleveland.

Also missing are the names of several wounded in the 2002 suicide bombing at Sbarro's Restaurant in Jerusalem.
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I knew Dov Driben and his father Eddie. If memory serves me correct Eddie earned the Silver Star in the Korean war.

Is this how America repairs the families of her heroes?

August 06, 2010

MERF APPEARANCE

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

Exclusive from Yoni

I have had a long briefing from a contact at home. Look for war breaking out at the end of the month.

Evidence is building that shows things are marching toward a major war.

1. Hizbullah has dug tunnels into northern Israel.

2. Hizbullah has 60,000 rockets many with chemical war heads.

3. USA aircraft carrier was supposed to head back to USA and is waiting at Malta

4. Israeli satellite captured photos of submarine off loading weapons to Hizbullah in Northern Lebanon intelligence later showed weapons were special chemical weapons engineered to eat through protective equipment. This agent may now be loaded on Hizbullah rockets.

5. Israel Air Force training in long range missions, jets, helicopters which would suggest commando raids a long way from home.

6. IDF reserves called up and trained at an abnormal pace.

7. Israel delivers letter to UN, Lebanon and USA showing where Hizbullah has hidden rocket in civilian areas. Israel tell Hizbullah to move the weapons or we will hit them where they are.

8. Israeli subs sitting off Iran

9. IAF has airbase in Saudi Arabia

10. Israeli intelligence has captured data showing Hizbullah will preemptively attack Israel at months end, objective to take out IAF bases so our planes cannot hit Iran.

Oren decries ties between LAF, Hizbullah


By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
06/08/2010
After border clash, US defends aid to Beirut for weapons.

WASHINGTON – The distinction between the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah has become “cloudy” and advanced weaponry given to the Lebanese military could find its way to the Islamist group, Ambassador to the US Michael Oren warned on Wednesday.

But Oren, when asked on a conference call whether the US had any plans to stop providing arms and assistance to the Lebanese Army, said “there’s no indication yet” of that happening.


Earlier on Wednesday, US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley defended American assistance to the Lebanese military despite its shooting of two IDF officers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, as they cut down a tree along the northern border on Tuesday. The IDF returned fire and killed two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist.

“I don’t think this fundamentally changes the support that we’re providing to the government of Lebanon,” he said.

“We are committed to Israel’s security, but we’re also committed to Lebanese sovereignty.

These interests are not mutually exclusive. They’re not in contradiction.”

He added, “Unfortunately, from time to time, you have these flashpoints. But it doesn’t change our long-term strategic interest in the region.”

Asked about reports that the Lebanese snipers used American- issued guns to shoot at the IDF, Crowley said he couldn’t confirm the accounts, but noted, “We have provided support to Lebanon to strengthen the ability of the Lebanese government to exercise its own sovereignty. This is in our interest.

We certainly do not want to see the kind of exchanges of fire that occurred yesterday.”

A desire to avoid a recurrence is also getting the attention of Capitol Hill, where some legislators are taking a closer look at US military aid to Lebanon.

Rep. Ron Klein (D-Florida) told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, “It certainly is going to come up in our conversations in the Congress about the continued support of the Lebanese Army.”

US has boosted military aid to Lebanon in recent years

The US has boosted military assistance to Lebanon in recent years as it has sought to bolster the parts of Beirut’s governing coalition most in step with the West. Though the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah have traditionally been in different camps, Hizbullah has exercised increasing influence within the country’s political institutions and power structures.

About $100 million in military assistance, plus smaller amounts for counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations and training, is being considered, consistent with the amount allocated last year.

Klein and other Capitol Hill sources said the degree to which the Lebanese attack was sanctioned by army and government higher-ups and how those officials responded would inform the view Congress takes on assistance being considered for next year.

Oren indicated, though, that the problematic behavior of the Lebanese Army extended beyond Tuesday’s incident.

He said that the Lebanese military has aimed shoulder-fired rockets at Israeli installations and permitted its soldiers to stone patrolling Israeli soldiers in recent incidents.

Oren described increasing ties between Lebanese military officials and Hizbullah members.

“Israel tends to view the distinction between the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah as increasingly cloudy,” he said on the conference call with the the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. “The Lebanese Army shares all its intelligence with Hizbullah. There are highranking officers in the Lebanese Army who are closely associated with Hizbullah.”

He continued, “Our assumption is that particularly advanced weaponry in the hands of the Lebanese Army could very well find its way into the arsenals of Hizbullah.”

In the case of an outbreak of full hostilities between Israel and Hizbullah, Oren concluded, “The Lebanese Army has thrown in its lot with Hizbullah in any future conflict with Israel.”

And on Thursday, Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) called the Lebanese Army's actions "troubling and problematic." Like Klein, Towns was on a Congressional trip to Israel and was briefed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the violence along the border.
Towns, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said the committee's oversight authority can be used "to ensure that United States assistance does not go to states and entities that are hostile to Israel."

August 05, 2010

55% oppose granting citizenship to migrant workers' kids

Decisive majority of religious public against while only slim margin of secular public against, according to Ynet-Gesher survey
Ynet

Most Israeli citizens are against granting citizenship to the children of migrant workers and hold that at least some of them should be deported, according to a Ynet-Gesher survey conducted following the government decision on the fate of these children.

The survey results also revealed a widespread belief that assisting locals is more important than assisting foreigners, and deporting the latter strengthens the State's Judaism and reduces unemployment.

The survey, carried out by the Panels Research Institute, included 503 respondents – a representative sample of the Jewish adult population in Jewish towns in Israel. The sampling error was ± 4.4%.

The first question, "Are you in favor of granting citizenship to the children of migrant laborers?" received a negative response from 55% of the respondents and a positive response from 34%, while 11% were undecided. The ultra-Orthodox (100%), the religious (85%) and the traditional (56%) populations were against granting citizenship, while the secular population was almost equally divided: 44% against and 43% in favor.

An explanation for the results can be found in the fact that 35% of the respondents believe that "The poor of your city have priority over the poor of others," while only 9% thought the opposite. However, 51% believed that both have equal priority.

The breakdown according to religious affinity shows that most of the religious public prefers to assist its own, yet in all brackets about half the respondents consider both of equal worth.


Moral or dangerous act?

The respondents were also asked to choose, from three possibilities, the definition that most closely suited the granting of citizenship to the children of migrant laborers. Some 60% see this in a negative light, half of them because it endangers the State by making it a state of all its citizens, while half believe it will hurt current citizens. Some 34% chose the answer, "An important humanitarian act, especially for us, as Jews." Some 6% were undecided.


Here too the religious public saw granting citizenship in a negative light. The secular population also tended to be against, but only by a small margin: 48% opposed and 45% were in favor.

Some 67% responded positively to the proposal to deport them, 42% because of the "dictates of reality" in order to maintain the character of the State and 25% because they believed it would reduce unemployment. However, 33% said this would be a "cruel and non-humanitarian step." In all categories, most respondents chose one of the first two options.


Jewish state or state for all?

And the million-dollar question: "Are you in favor of a Jewish state or in favor of making Israel a state of all its citizens?" Some 61% are in favor of maintaining the status quo and 32% in favor of change, while 7% were undecided. The first option was more popular in all categories, but among the secular population the difference was small: 50% were in favor of a Jewish Israel and 41% in favor of a state of all its citizens.

"Israeli society is caught between its obligation to care for every human being and its desire to see Israel as a democratic and Jewish state," says Ilan Gal-Dor from Gesher. "We at Gesher are happy to see the majority of Israel's residents want to maintain its Jewish character together with their desire to solve the problem of the migrant laborers."

This issue highlights the difference between the Jews that keep Torah and those that don't. Those that do understand the issues here are bigger than the simple question of a few children from Africa.

I say to those that don't keep Torah, do not be miss guided in your compassion for these illegal aliens in Israel.

They must all 100% be deported, for to do less is to invite problems as I discussed in an earlier posting. In addition to spiritual ramifications their is the problem of this trickle becoming a flood of illegal aliens.

Keep The Ship


Thursday, August 5, 2010
Return of Turkish Vessels that Tried to Enter the Gaza Strip

Return of Turkish Vessels that Tried to Enter the Gaza Strip
(Communicated by the Defense Ministry Spokesman)

In the wake of a decision by the political leadership and pursuant to a
request by the Turkish authorities, the Defense Ministry will today
(Thursday), 5.8.10, hand over, to Turkish representatives, the Turkish
vessels that tried to violate the naval blockade on the Hamas regime in the
Gaza Strip, and which are now anchored in Israel.

Three Turkish towing ships will arrive in Israel today. Their crews will
receive three vessels anchored in Israel along with the personal equipment
that was aboard them.

The Foreign Ministry has sent a message to the Turkish authorities in which
it expresses Israel's expectation that Turkey will prevent other Turkish
vessels from violating the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip. The message
emphasizes that Israel transfers equipment and goods to Gaza on an ongoing
basis via the land crossings in a manner that is acceptable to the
international community and which is anchored in recognized agreements.

Why not sell the ship and give the money to the Israeli SEALs that were injured on the raid?

Israel must face the fact that minus a coup by the Turkish military Turkey is lost as a friend.

August 02, 2010

Gov't to cooperate with UN probe


By JPOST.COM STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
02/08/2010
Kadima criticizes decision to allow flotilla investigation .

The government decided on Monday to cooperate with the UN's investigation into the May 31 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed. The decision was made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his inner cabinet, comprised of his six top ministers.

Kadima criticized the government's decision to cooperate with the probe, saying that the decision "weakens Israel and Israeli sovereignty" in a statement released Monday.

"Netanyahu's government has dragged Israel into one of the worst diplomatic situations in its history and continues to break negative records of pushing the country into a corner," the statement added.

Netanyahu told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday that Israel would cooperate in the probe, telling him "we have nothing to hide," Army Radio reported.

Ban officialy announced on Monday that a team of experts would be formed to investigate the flotilla events and that both Israel and Turkey agreed to cooperate.

The committee will consist of international members as well as a Turkish and Israeli member.

The government is currently looking for possible jurists who can participate in the investigation, Army Radio reported.

The official decision came after Defense Minister Ehud Barak reportedly told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Israel would agree to an international investigation of the flotilla raid .

Israel Radio reported Monday that Barak made the announcement during his recent trip to New York.

Former New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer was expected to head the committee along with representatives from the US, the UN, Israel and Turkey.

The secretary general has been urging Israel to agree to the "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards" that the UN Security Council called for on June 1.

Israel rebuffed pressure from the UN and Turkey for an international inquiry and instead formed its own commission headed by a retired Israeli Supreme Court justice with two international observers.

Ban said last month that Israel's own investigation into the flotilla raid "is important" but will not have "international credibility." He said that is the reason he continued to urge the Israeli government to agree to an international panel under a third party "in which both Turkey and Israel would actively participate."

Pressed last month on why he did not go ahead and appoint an international commission, the secretary-general said without Israel's "full cooperation it would be extremely difficult to have a full and credible investigation, and that is why even if it may take time, I'm discussing this matter with (the) Israeli government."

When has the UN ever sided with Israel?

So why should we do this?

Because Bibi is a coward and has always caved into pressure when he has held the top job.

Cowards Once Again

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cabinet Approves Plan to Grant Status to the Children of People in Israel
Illegally
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The Cabinet this morning (Sunday), 1.8.10, decided to allow most children of
people working in Israel illegally, who meet the criteria established by the
inter-ministerial committee on their status, to remain in Israel. According
to the decision, the Interior Minister will issue permanent residency
permits to children in Israel illegally, provided that they meet all of the
following conditions regarding integration in the country:

1. The child studied in the Israeli educational system, including
kindergarten, during the 2009-2010 academic year.

2. The child is registered for studies in an Israeli school for the
2010-2011 academic year.

3. The child has resided in Israel for at least five continuous years and –
provided he/she was not born in Israel – entered Israel prior to his 13th
birthday.

4. The child speaks Hebrew.

5. The child's parents entered Israel with a legal visa or permit.

In special or borderline circumstances, the Interior Minister will decide in
accordance with his legal authority, in consultation with the
inter-ministerial committee of experts that formulated the above criteria.

It was also determined that the Interior Minister is entitled to issue
temporary residence permits to the child's parents and siblings, if they
live with him/her in a joint household since his/her birth or entry into
Israel and live with him/her on the date this decision was made. In the
absence of cause, the permit will be renewed annually until the child turns
21, when the parents and siblings may request permanent status.

According to the committee's recommendation, those who meet the criteria
will be afforded 21 days – from the date this decision is officially
published in the daily newspapers – in which to submit their applications.
The clerk may allow an additional 21 days if the principal documents will
have been submitted. The applications must include the child's original
birth certificate or legally verified documents, the passports on which the
parents entered Israel, permits from the education system, etc., as will be
specified in the aforesaid newspaper notices.

Applicants who do not meet the determined criteria will be required to leave
Israel within 30 days of the official publication of this decision or from
the day their application will have been rejected. In borderline cases, the
interior Minister will consult with representatives of the inter-ministerial
committee.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that this was a balanced and
considered decision to this sensitive problem. "This decision is influenced
by two main considerations – of humanity and Zionism. We are searching for
a way to absorb and take into our hearts children who grew up here and were
educated here as Israelis. On the other hand, we do not want to create an
incentive for hundreds of thousands of illegal labor migrants to flood the
country."

They speak of children who grew up in Israel and were educated as Israelis, so what they are not Jews.

Once again the government takes the easy way out, to try to silence the left wing that doesn't care about the Jewish character of Israel.

I am going to be as un PC as you can get, but I am going to speak the truth.

We are talking about African children, raised by their African parents, who brought with them to Israel their African culture and religious beliefs.

I am sitting in Africa as I write this, so it is not with out experience that I write this. These Africans inside Israel must all 100% be deported.

Why do I say this, because of Avodah Zarah , idol worship along with black magic all activities banned by the Torah. Activities that we Jews are to cut out of the Land of Israel no matter how painful it might be.

I have spent most of the last year in Africa, I have yet to meet one Africa be they Christian or Muslim that does not believe in JuJu, black magic. I also know first hand they still sacrifice animals to their idols.

We must not allow these practices to take root in Israel for G-D will remove us from our Land for this sin on our part.

August 01, 2010

Hamas summer camp: Weapons training for leaders' kids


Islamist group's senior figures celebrate children's graduation from summer camp's special weapons training course
Roee Nahmias

For the first time since the introduction of Hamas-operated children's summer camps in the Gaza Strip, a new and special course has been opened for senior figures' kids involving elaborate weapons training.

Last week, the Palestinian SPA news agency released the first images from the graduation ceremony of Gaza's privileged class. The event was organized by Hamas' interior ministry responsible for the group's armed forces, and was attended by many Hamas ministers and legislators.

Hamas' next generation displayed various operational abilities honed during the summer such as security of high profile figures in public places.

As part of the ceremony, the trainees were given graduation certificates.

Hamas prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh participated in the event and praised the camp's managers for their "political and morale-based guidance." He further noted that the interior ministry is "working to train its soldiers armed both with weapons and Islam and Koran convictions for the benefit of their people."

After the ceremony a source from the ministry said, "Defense and security are a natural need that is meant to protect the Islamic project we are leading against the enemies of the Palestinian people and its religion."

What did you learn in camp, son. Dad I learned the back blast radius of an RPG.

So once again Palestinian summer camp is all about murdering Jews, so what's new?

Netanyahu: Talks to begin in August


By JPOST.COM STAFF
01/08/2010
PM says direct negotiations with Palestinians will start in two weeks.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced at a ministerial meeting Sunday that direct negotiations with the Palestinians will begin by the middle of August.

Netanyahu added that he did not receive any Palestinian peace program until now.

"There is no change in settlement freeze conditions," added Netanyahu.

Netanyahu's comments come after Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinians are proposing a detailed peace plan proposal that covers all the core issues.

Erekat stated that this proposal is the best one to date and covers issues such as Jerusalem, borders and refugees.

"We presented the proposal to [US Middle East envoy] George Mitchell over two months ago so that he would offer it to [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu, however we still haven't received any answers.

Erekat refused to reveal the details of the plan but said that the Palestinians do not want to disqualify Netanyhau as a partner for peace.

" I hope that [Netanyahu] will be a partner to peace so that we can reach a solution involving two states for two nations," the chief negotiator said.

Erekat also mentioned the letter that US President Barack Obama sent to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying that if the Palestinians don't enter direct talks then relations with Washington will be damaged.

"The letter did not contain threats, he requested that we enter into direct talks and stand shoulder to shoulder so that we can reach a two state solution," Erekat added.

Erekat expressed his opposition to rockets being targeted at Israel from Gaza.

"We have always opposed the launching of rockets towards Israel, we want a cease fire with the eventual goal of an end to the conflict," Erekat said.

Bibi will always be Bibi, a man that talks a tough game but in the end will sell Israel out.

Why enter direct talks or any other kind of talks with Arabs, we always loose.

What our soldiers win on the battlefield or political leadership gives away, time and time again.

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